What does Asylum mean?

Definitions for Asyluməˈsaɪ ləm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Asylum.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. refuge, sanctuary, asylum(noun)

    a shelter from danger or hardship

  2. mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum, asylum(noun)

    a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person


  1. asylum(Noun)

    A place of safety

  2. asylum(Noun)

    The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.

  3. asylum(Noun)

    A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asylum(noun)

    a sanctuary or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be forcibly taken without sacrilege

  2. Asylum(noun)

    any place of retreat and security

  3. Asylum(noun)

    an institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute, unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind, or for the insane; a lunatic asylum; an orphan asylum

  4. Origin: [L. asylum, Gr. , fr. exempt from spoliation, inviolable; 'a priv. + right of seizure.]


  1. Asylum

    Asylum is a horror film from 20th Century Fox released on DVD in 2008. David R. Ellis, of Final Destination 2 and Snakes on a Plane, directed. Parts of the movie were filmed on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. The film stars Sarah Roemer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Asylum

    a-sīl′um, n. a place of refuge for debtors and for such as were accused of some crime: an institution for the care or relief of the unfortunate, such as the blind or insane: any place of refuge or protection. [L.—Gr. asylona, neg., sylē, right of seizure.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Asylum' in Nouns Frequency: #2985


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Asylum in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Asylum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry Havelock Ellis:

    The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.

  2. Havelock Ellis:

    The place where optimism flourishes the most is the lunatic asylum.

  3. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows us that faith proves nothing.

  4. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

  5. Eva Cosse:

    The government cannot take funds to build reception centers for asylum seekers and then host people who don't apply for asylum. It's a tricky thing.

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